At least 20 wounded in twin Istanbul explosions

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At least 20 people were wounded on Saturday evening after twin explosions rocked Istanbul near Besiktas Vodafone Arena football stadium, according to Turkey’s official state news agency Anadolu.

The explosions, one large blast followed by a smaller one, occurred after a football game, reported CNN Turkey.

“A car bomb” was the source of the explosions, according to Turkish state news agency TRT, citing Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.

Bursaspor had played Besiktas in a Turkey League game at the stadium earlier the same day. The stadium is close to Taksim Square, a major tourist area in Istanbul.

TRT reported the blasts targeted police. However, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Turkey has weathered a string of terror attacks over the past several years and is still reeling from a bloody, but failed attempt at a military coup in July.

ISIS militants have mounted a series of devastating bombings that have claimed the lives of hundreds of Turks.

Meanwhile, Turkish security forces continue to clash on a nearly daily basis with PKK militants, mostly in predominantly Kurdish parts of southeastern Turkey.

Adding to the sense of vulnerability, conflicts in Iraq and Syria have spilled over into Turkey, contributing to a surge in violence on the home front. The country also struggles with the burden of hosting millions of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

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